Henry Alban Ormerod


Private 201533
1st/4th Bn, East Lancashire Regiment

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register notes that H.A. Ormerod died on 25 June 1917 and is buried in Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery (Grave Ref. C. 20).

The index cards for the First World War Medal Rolls indicate that H.A. Ormerod was Henry A. Ormerod, who served in the East Lancashire Regiment under the Regimental Numbers 4064 and 201533. The index cards show that he was entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Ruyaulcourt is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 11 kilometres east of Bapaume and 19 kilometres south-west of Cambrai.

The 1st/4th Battalion was formed in August 1914 in Blackburn as part of the East Lancashire Brigade, East Lancashire Division. It became part of 126th Brigade, 42nd Division on 26 May 1915.

The index cards to the First World War Medal Rolls show that Henry was entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

The Soldiers Died in the Great War Database records that H.A. Ormerod was Henry Alban Ormerod, who died of wounds on 25 June 1917. Henry was born in Blackburn, and resided in Darwen. He enlisted in the Army in Blackburn.

The following appeared in the Blackburn Times on 14 July 1917:

"Lance-corporal Harry Ormerod, of the Lewis Gun Section of the East Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action in France on June 25th. He was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs H A Ormerod, of 31 Hartley Street, and was 23 years of age and married. Formerly a cloth-looker at Hollins Bank Mill, he joined the local Territorials in August, 1915, and was drafted out to Egypt very soon afterward. In the early part of the present year the regiment moved to France. His name is on the Roll of Honour for St Mary’s RC Church."

The grave of Henry A. Ormerod, in Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery